Happy Thanksgiving Then and Now

This audio clip from “Houston Matters” producer Michael Hagerty covers some elements of the story of the first Thanksgiving we often miss – including one that might sound all too familiar to us these days. Adding Some Historical Context To The Story Of The First Thanksgiving November 3, 2020 Houston Matters Houston writer Kathy Haueisen, a direct descendant of pilgrims, discusses her book, Mayflower Chronicles – The Tale of Two Cultures. While most of us learned some […]

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Thanksgiving 2020

Ironically, in the year I published Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures to explore the story behind our traditional Thanksgiving tradition, we will not gather as family for Thanksgiving 2020. Common sense dictates that to ensure we can gather again another year, we do not do so this year. The Thanksgiving story is one part of my family’s history and for that reason, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. My ancestors, Elder William […]

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Mayflower Compact

The famous Mayflower Compact was born of necessity. When the Mayflower passengers realized they had arrived several hundred miles north of where they intended to go, they faced a crisis. Cape Cod, where they arrived in November 1620, was beyond the northern boundary of the Virginia Company’s charter. That charter granted them permission to establish a colony for King James I in the northern part of the Virginia Company, near the mouth of the Hudson […]

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An Imperfect World

This week’s blog is a series of excerpts from an interview I did with Ben Tanzer, which he published as “An Imperfect World” in Coil Literary Magazine. The full article is 4500 words. This is a considerably condensed version. An Imperfect World: Ben Tanzer talks with Kathryn Brewster Haueisen about the Mayflower, pandemics, & giving voice to Native Americans in her new book. To speak with Kathy Haueisen is an education about the story of the Mayflower and […]

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2020 Voting

 I will remember 2020 voting  for the rest of my life or until my memory slips to the point I can’t remember much of anything. The 2020 voting cycle has been the most contentious one I’ve experienced. Ironically, I do not remember when I first voted in a presidential election. The first one for which I was eligible was the 1968 election when Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew defeated Hubert Humphrey and Edward Muskie and […]

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